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Baby inquest date set

March 5, 2009

A new date has been set for an inquest into the death of a baby boy who stopped breathing after his brit milah (circumcision) in February 2007.
A coroner’s inquest into the death of Amitai Moshe, whose parents lived in Golders Green, north west London, will now be held on September 7.
The baby died eight days after the brit milah.

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Labour party ejects jailed peer

March 5, 2009

Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, jailed last week for dangerous driving, has been expelled from the Labour Party. A party spokesman said: “Under the party’s rules, any member who receives a custodial sentence is subject to automatic exclusion”. He is able to reapply to the party after a fixed period of time. Last month he claimed British Jewish students had been recruited to join the Israeli army and should be prosecuted for war crimes.

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FO man suspended

March 5, 2009

Rowan laxton, who allegedly made antisemitic remarks after watching TV reports of Israel’s operation in Gaza has been suspended by the Foreign Office, a spokesman confirmed this week. Laxton was arrested after the incident.

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BBC miss out World at War genocide episode

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2009

The BBC dropped from its schedule this week an episode of classic documentary series The World at War which focuses on the Holocaust and concentration camps.

The 1970s series, produced by Sir Jeremy Isaacs, is currently being repeated on weekday afternoons on BBC Two.

On Monday, the 19th of 26 episodes was shown, featuring the Battle of the Bulge and Arnhem.

But Tuesday’s episode was number 21, focusing on the final invasion of Germany.

The missing episode, Genocide, looks at Nazi policy between 1941 and the end of the war.

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Anti-Israel daubings found near Belfast

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2009

Anti-Israel graffiti was daubed on a centre used by a messianic Jewish community in response to the Gaza conflict.

“Zionist killers of Palestinian children” and other offensive phrases were painted on the council-run building in Donaghadee, County Down, east of Belfast, where the Shalom Messianic Congregation meets twice a month.

The community was set up in May 2007 and has not previously been the target of an attack.

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Twinning the war

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2009

An online property listings company claims it is preparing to advertise holiday homes — in Gaza.

Propertyindex.com swung into action after councillors in Worcester backed plans to twin the city with the war-ravaged area.

Lee Bramzell said his company would soon be offering “desirable properties in the Israeli city” and expected “plenty of interest in the alternative destination”.

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Developer loses appeal over four metres of land

By Simon Rocker, March 5, 2009

A property developer and his son have lost their appeal in an action that centred on a piece of land less than four metres wide.

Lord Justice Mummery told the Court of Appeal that the legal costs of the dispute between two London Sephardi families — Freddy Ezekiel and his son Mark, and brothers David and Haim Kohali — had “probably topped” the price of the original land deal.

In September 1999, the Ezekiels agreed to buy two plots of land from the Kohalis in Hendon, North-West London, for £300,000.

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Nazi-joke councillor suspended

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2009

A councillor who dressed as a Nazi officer at a fancy dress party and claimed it was evidence of his “great sense of humour” has been suspended by his party.

Sean Aspey, a member of Porthcawl Council in South Wales, near Bridgend, is now the subject of a local Liberal Democrat party inquiry.

Pictures of Mr Aspey wearing the stormtrooper outfit were brought to the attention of fellow councillors last week.

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Poles take Coren fight to European Court

By Jan Shure, March 5, 2009

A complaint against The Times and its columnist Giles Coren has been lodged at the European Court of Human Rights by the Federation of Poles in Great Britain.

It is the latest bid by the FPGB to censure the newspaper over a column written by Mr Coren on July 26, headlined: “Two waves of immigration, Poles apart.” The Press Complaints Commission rejected a complaint by the organisation lodged shortly after the article appeared.

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Book week sells out

March 5, 2009

The organisers of Jewish Book Week are celebrating the festival’s highest-ever ticket sales.

Around 14,000 seats were sold during the nine-day event, which ended on Sunday with sell-out sessions by authors Alain De Botton and A B Yehoshua.

Book Week director Geraldine D’Amico said: “Every event was well-attended and lots of sessions sold out. There was a real buzz about the place and everyone was on a high. We were blessed with many great speakers.

“We are very pleased because we have obviously not felt the credit crunch, despite the difficult times.”

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